Work on the MAP Book

Earlier this year, Phaidon Press (London) asked me to write articles on some historic and modern maps. As a frequent user of maps in my NOVA geography classes, I jumped at the opportunity. My articles describe maps that illustrate pivotal times in history, ranging from 16th century St. Augustine (Florida) and 19th century Russia to 20th century Disneyland and 21st century Afghanistan.

This week I received the advance copy of the book, Map: Exploring the World (left). The brightly covered cover features floating circular cutouts of some of the more than 300 historic and modern maps. The book, an international effort, offers a visual record of how the art, science, and technology of mapping has changed throughout the centuries.

Magic of TILT’s green screen

Showed the book to Kirstin Riddick, Supervisor, Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching (TILT). She liked the book’s colors because they matched furniture colors (above, left) in the bright TILT offices.

Next we decided to have some fun with TILT’s green screen, producing an enlarged book, with the contributing author in the foreground (above).

The book was a labor of love, with one of my favorite maps being the “Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877,” by British cartographer Fred Rose, where Russia is portrayed as a giant octopus threatening nearby countries, such as Germany and Turkey, with its tentacles (below). A close look reveals one of the tentacles bloodied by the Crimean War in the 1850s.